Leeds back in the Premier League after 16 years as West Brom lose to Huddersfield
Leeds United have been promoted to the Premier League after West Brom lost 2-1 to Huddersfield on Friday evening.
Leeds United supporters gather outside their Elland Road ground to celebrate the club's return to the Premier League after a gap of 16 years, in Leeds, northern England on July 17, 2020. - Leeds United were promoted to the Premier League on Friday after W
Since then Leeds have also spent three years in League One between 2007 and 2010, but have finally ended their top-flight wait after several near misses.
They missed out on promotion last season in the playoffs despite looking favourites for automatic promotion for much of the campaign.
Leeds, who visit Derby County on Sunday, can also seal the title without kicking a ball if third-placed Brentford fail to win at Stoke City on Saturday.
'Viva Bielsa', tifosi fuori da Elland Road festeggiano la promozione in Premier League dopo 16 anni del Leeds United
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Leeds' long road back
Three times English champions, Leeds were relegated from the Premier League in 2004 after hitting financial trouble and being forced to sell a host of big-name players such as Robbie Keane, Jonathan Woodgate and Lee Bowyer.
The problems were only just starting though and after three years in the Championship they slipped to the third tier and into administration with the future of the club in doubt.
While they eventually regained their place in the Championship in 2010 they never really challenged for promotion until the enigmatic Bielsa took charge in 2018.
They have been transformed under the former Argentina coach and can now look forward to renewing old rivalries with the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool.
Leeds United players at a window inside Elland Road gesture to supporters gathering outside